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Harris Corporation Falcon III AN/PRC-117G Radio Achieves "JTRS-Certified" Status


  • Certification from Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) signifies that AN/PRC-117G has met established JTRS requirements for interoperability, security, and open standards as part of emerging DoD tactical networks.
  • Represents significant step toward creation of open competition in market for next-generation tactical radios that deliver voice, video and data to the battlefield.
  • Expands Harris leadership in the transformation of tactical communications to wideband networking.

MELBOURNE, FL/ROCHESTER, NY, September 13, 2012 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Certification for its Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio operating SRW v1.01.1. As a JTRS-certified product, the AN/PRC-117G is considered compliant with the standards set forth by the JPEO JTRS and proven to be compatible with the Department of Defense network objectives.

JTRS Certification is part of an emerging process designed to enable competition while facilitating the development of tactical networks that are low-risk, secure and interoperable. To become JTRS certified, a tactical device must fulfill seven separate requirements, including testing or certifications for waveform conformance and Joint Interoperability Test Center interoperability, National Security Agency information security, programmable cryptography, National Telecommunications and Information Administration spectrum compliance and Software Communications Architecture compliance. The JPEO JTRS process is designed as an interoperability and security risk reduction effort to characterize JTRS waveforms operating on a specific Software Defined Radio (SDR).

"JTRS certification is a major milestone for Harris, JTRS and the DoD. It establishes the AN/PRC-117G as a certified product that meets JTRS and DoD standards in the growing market for wideband tactical radio systems,'' said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The JTRS certification process enables DoD customers to select, from a number of suppliers, the radio that is best suited for their specific mission. The certification requirements established will ensure that standards of interoperability, security and software reuse are maintained across the industry. Further, the process will help to open up competition to drive down costs, accelerate new products to market and foster innovation to better address the needs of the warfighter. We are very pleased that the AN/PRC-117G is the first Non-Developmental Item (NDI), and the first Harris product, to receive JTRS Certification, positioning it well to continue delivering on the DoD vision for a networked battlefield."

"The process to characterize our [JTRS] waveforms operating on Program of Record and NDI SDRs is a critical step for the Department of Defense to ensure an acceptable level of risk for interoperability, security and open standards. Harris is the first to achieve this designation with the SRW waveform. It will certainly enhance a services' ability to compete their SDR requirements and select a product that has been proven to meet an acceptable level of risk for interoperability and security - while maintaining non-proprietary open standards," said Brig. General Michael Williamson, JPEO JTRS.

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is the world's most widely fielded tactical wideband networking radio. It provides enhanced situational awareness of the battlefield by connecting warfighters to the tactical Internet. Through its wideband architecture, the AN/PRC-117G enables applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks.

Harris has shipped more than 22,000 AN/PRC-117G radios to all branches of the U.S. military as well as over a dozen allies including Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia, Poland and several other countries in NATO. The radio is combat-proven and exhaustively tested in field exercises, laboratory environments and has been employed as a secure wideband tactical networking radio in Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5.5 billion of annual revenue and about 15,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.

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